The Capital Markets Authority Regulatory Sandbox is a tailored regulatory environment that allows for the live testing of innovative capital markets related products, solutions and services with the potential to deepen and develop the capital markets prior to launching into the mass market.
The live testing is conducted under a less onerous regulatory regime and is expected to attract fintech companies and existing capital markets intermediaries seeking to add value through the application of technology to financial services among other innovations.
The platform is meant to aid CMA’s understanding of emerging trends on financial technologies and provides an evidence-based tool for fostering innovation and regulation while at the same time allowing the Authority to remain vigilant to investor protection, financial stability and integrity risks.
The sandbox platform is governed by the Regulatory Sandbox Policy Guidance Note (PGN), 2019 which provides a framework for its establishment. It further provides the eligibility, application, safeguard, and testing requirements for firms interested in live testing of innovative products, solutions or service with the Authority’s Regulatory Sandbox.